FightPost Boxer of the Week- Adam Kownacki
By Michael Richards
Last weekend saw the long-awaited return of WBA welterweight king, Keith Thurman. ‘One Time’ and he came through an explosive affair with Josesito Lopez in Brooklyn, relatively unscathed. However, ring rust was evident, which saw the champion get clipped on numerous occasions and made the fight more exciting than it normally would have been.
Thurman showed he clearly needs more ring time if he’s to get back to his very best and be competitive in one of the stand out divisions in the sport.
Across the US in Houston, hard-hitting super welterweight world champion Jaime Munguia returned to action, with a comfortable unanimous decision over valiant Takeshi Inoue. The only surprising aspect to the fight was that he didn’t manage to gain another stoppage victory.
My stand out from the weekend, comes from the Thurman vs Lopez undercard and the performance of rapidly improving heavyweight, Adam Kownacki. After coming through his previous bout against former world champion Charles Martin, Kownacki stepped up again, this time against Gerald Washington.
Washington has shared a ring with current WBC champion Deontay Wilder and caused him problems prior to him being stopped. Kownacki however, had no such issues and dealt with Washington comprehensively.
From Round 1 it was evident that Kownacki fancied an early night, backing up Washington in the final throws of the round, with the American clearly unsteady on his feet when the bell sounded.
As the second round commenced, Washington took the fight to Kownacki, cutting him over his left eye. This served as a reminder to the Polish number one, that he was in a fight and he quickly took control of the round, dropping Washington with a big right hand. Despite recovering from the knockdown, Kownacki smelt blood and immediately landed numerous heavy shots on his opponent, with the referee forced to step in and end the contest.
The clinical manner of the victory was massively impressive and has elevated Kownacki into the top ten rankings of the division. He’s certainly proved he is one to watch over the next 18 months and who knows, maybe he is the man to upset the apple cart and get amongst the big boys on the heavyweight scene.